Punjab Congress passes resolution urging Rahul to be party president

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"You have been asking this for so many years and it's now happening", she said at a function organized by a television channel to release former president Pranab Mukherjee's autobiography, "The Coalition Years 1996-2012".

The Punjab Congress on Friday unanimously passed a resolution urging party's national president Sonia Gandhi to appoint Rahul Gandhi as the new party chief as well as requesting Rahul to take up the new job.

Rahul Gandhi who now serves as the Vice President of Congress party is an MP from his local constituency Amethi in Uttar Pradesh. "Only two people can be Congress president, mother or son", said senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar earlier this week whereas Pilot had said he sees Rahul as a future leader and it's time for him "to lead from the front".

The Congress Working Committee (CWC), the party's highest decision-making body, will then be called to finalise the dates of filing and withdrawal of nominations for the top post.

Sonia had taken over as the Congress president from Sitaram Kesari in 1998 and is the longest-serving head in the party's 131-year history. With Assembly elections round the corner, he is wooing voters in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

After the party's Central Election Authority (CEA), which is overseeing the organisational polls, receives the list of delegates and resolutions from all the states, the process of electing the new Congress president will begin. The Election Commission has set a December deadline for the Congress to conclude the exercise.

AICC (All India Congress Committee) in-charge for Karnataka, KC Venugopal is in consultation with Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and concerned Ministry over the matter.

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